Impressive Paintings Prevail at Gray’s May Auction Gray’s Auctioneers is pleased to announce their Fine Art, Antiques and Decorative Arts Auction, which will take place in Cleveland on Wednesday, May 15, 2013.
News-Antique.com - May 01,2013 - Gray’s Auctioneers is pleased to announce their Fine Art, Antiques and Decorative Arts Auction, which will take place in Cleveland on Wednesday, May 15, 2013. The auction features an eclectic array of art objects from across the globe, including African masks, Chinese jade, Persian rugs and German bisque dolls, as well as an impressive collection of paintings spanning the breadth of art historical periods and styles.
One of the most important artworks included in the auction is Lot 29, a painting by notable British painter, Montague Dawson. The subject of Dawson’s image is the fiercely contested final race between two great sea yachts, Australia’s Gretel and the United States’ Weatherly, in the last round of the 1962 America’s Cup. Dawson is well known for his work as a maritime painter and his expertise is evident in this beautiful rendering of the two graceful ships. President and Mrs. John F. Kennedy were famously in attendance at this historic match up, the first time an Australian vessel had qualified for the final. In the end, it was America’s Weatherly that took the top prize.
Another stunning canvas featured in Gray’s May 15th auction is Lot 54, The Seamstresses, painted in 1954 by famed African-American artist and master of the Harlem Renaissance, Jacob Lawrence. Lawrence gained national acclaim as a painter while still a young man in his twenties when a portion of his work from the Migrations Series, a suite of paintings depicting the early twentieth-century passage of African-Americans from the Deep South to the urban North, was featured in a 1941 issue of Fortune Magazine. His paintings illuminate the black and working class experience in the United States and he is recognized among the greats of African-American artists alongside Augusta Savage and Romare Bearden. The New York Times has called Lawrence "one of America's leading modern figurative painters" and "among the most impassioned visual chroniclers of the African-American experience.”
Other fine art highlights in Gray’s May Auction include Kittens at Play by nineteenth-century Realist, Julius Adams II (Lot 17), two intimate village scenes by internationally renowned Flemish painter David Teniers the Younger (Lots 10 & 11), a gorgeous sunlit coastal scene of Mentome, France by American Impressionist, Anna Mary Richards Brewster (Lot 28), and a stunning near life-size marble sculpture of a maiden by Scottish-born Royal Academy member, William Calder Marshall (Lot 140).
Fine examples of work from the contemporary art world include Lot 89, a Damien Hirst low edition original Lambda print on gloss Fuji archival paper entitled Opium, from the artist’s Spot Series, and Lot 146, a 1991 cast and sandblasted glass sculpture with acid polish called Untitled (Blue) from the artist Steven Weinberg, whose works are in the collections of the Musee Des Artes Decoratifs at Palais du Louvre in Paris, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, and the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C. Notable fine art photographers Ruth Bernhard and Harry Callahan are also represented in the auction